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Misty McLaughlin

I help nonprofits communicate their mission effectively, and I advocate for flexible work arrangements.

Job Nonprofit Strategist, Writer, Work/Life Aficionada / Jackson River

Lives In South Portland

I'm a digital content strategist and organization development consultant to nonprofit organizations. I work for a software company Jackson River, is fully virtual, and so office from my home in South Portland. I've "worked in place" in Portland since 2007, managing remote, distributed teams and providing support on work/life balance and work-in-place arrangements. I formerly co-chaired the board of Birth Roots, a parenting and birth nonprofit here in Portland, and am the former family section editor of Role Reboot, an online gender magazine. My son was born on Munjoy Hill, and has the place-based middle name "Mountjoy."

Why did you choose Portland? Quality of life

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Leah Deragon and Emily Murray, co-founders and directors of Birth Roots. Jennifer Hutchins, director of Creative Portland. And too many others to count.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Walk or sled at Ft Williams, Lobster Shack, Mackworth or Audobon walks, Hinckley Park in South Portland (a hidden treasure), Kettle Cove, Simonton Cove, or any one of our great bakeries (Scratch, Standard, Union Bagel)

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? the Eastern Prom

What's the most surprising thing about this city? That it's so small and yet has so many of everything: food, publications, stories.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? El Corazon Mexican Food truck on Spring Street. Simply the best real Mexican food I've found around Maine.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? SMCC, the most beautiful community college campus in the world

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Night: A date at Sonny's, hearing some music or seeing a movie, walking around the Old Port. Waking up late at home with the sun reflecting off the bay and into the windows

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Bard Coffee is a great place to work and to feel the heartbeat of Portland.

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